We hear a lot today about how automation and AI are going to revolutionise the workforce.
But there is another quieter revolution shaping the working landscape that is underway but getting far less attention.
Jobs that are highly hybridised are now the fastest growing and highest paying jobs in the market. They are also the most secure longer term as they are the most resistant to future threats from automation.
What exactly are hybrid jobs?
Hybrid jobs are those that combine two seemingly unrelated sets of skills.
Skills that have traditionally never been seen on the same resume.
An example of this is software developers needing an understanding of user interface design, marketing, and content creation.
Or analytical roles such as data scientists or financial analysts requiring skills in visual communications and consulting.
While the basic competencies involved in hybrid jobs aren’t actually new, what is new is how these skills sets are being integrated. Traditionally, these skills have been taught vertically – people learned them separately from other disciplines.
So to prepare for this new trend of hybrid jobs, organisations and their employees need to start thinking beyond the traditional discipline boundaries.
Why the shift?
We live in a world of increasing complexity.
Modern businesses across all sectors are heavily reliant on technology, which is completely integrated into all parts of their businesses. This can lead to modern challenges or day to day issues requiring a multitude of skills to come up with solutions. For instance, when creating an app, a coder must have knowledge about how the app will be leveraged by marketing, or how the user experience will affect conversion rates on the app.
Employees also recognise that they need to be upskilling in order to remain relevant. The influence of technologies including robotics and automation, AI, and data mining have led to people wanting to upskill in order to keep their jobs secure or to fill new gaps that are being created in the job market. This all leads to companies requiring increasing skill sets from their employees.
What does this mean for businesses?
Having a larger number of hybrid roles in your organisation means that your workforce will be better able to communicate with one another, as more people will have skills crossovers in places they previously never had. This also leads to increased productivity as people are able to make more informed decisions.
Increasing numbers of hybrid roles also has an impact on bottom line costs. It may mean higher expenses initially but over time this means that because employees are more highly skilled, their expanded capabilities result in more indirect boosts to productivity over the longer term.
Most hybrid jobs are not entry-level roles. Instead, they become available to employees that already have many years experience. One benefit of this is that organisations will typically have greater success in training up existing talent rather than trying to bring in new staff to fill hybrid roles.
The way forward
The trend towards hybrid jobs is already well underway. It helps provide career development pathways for existing staff and makes companies that utilise hybrid jobs more attractive to new talent. It provides clarity to employees about the opportunities within their companies and security against the potential disruptions caused by automation.
For more information on how hybrid jobs are re-shaping modern workforces and how you can best prepare your organisation to adapt to the changes, get in contact with Finite.